Bronze is the perfect in-between hue, no matter your natural hair color—whether you're a blonde going darker or a brunette trying to lighten up a little, you're guaranteed to win the gold with a little bronze. (Sorry, we had to.)
Below, find 30 reasons to go bronze.
Choosing a Shade: Include the most important tip from the article about how to choose a shade
Maintenance Level: Since bronze-colored highlights require less lifting than true-blonde highlights, grow-out is fairly soft. You can go as long as 3-4 months between appointments, depending on your base color and how fast your hair grows.
Goes Great With: Gold lids, bronzed cheeks
Similar Shades: Caramel hair
Price: $150-$350, depending on whether you go for full or partial bronze highlights.
Natural brunettes, take note: A simple bronze balayage is an amazing way to brighten up your entire face. (And we certainly can't complain about these gorgeous silky waves.)
Pop of Cinnamon
You can embrace your natural hair color while simply enhancing it for maximum impact. These bronze highlights don't hide her natural hue underneath—and the shades complement each other perfectly.
Take your layered look up a notch with strategically placed warm highlights. The face-framing pieces—and tawny copper tones—take the cake.
Rather than balayage or highlights, opt for a bronze hue all over for next-level warmth and richness. (The golden-hour lighting here doesn't hurt, either.)
Combine the tawny undertones of bronze with the reddish ones of copper for an allover *flames-emoji* look.
Prominent Face-Frame Highlights
Pep up a piecey, layered bob with some warm bronze highlights. This one was made even sweeter with prominent face-framing highlights.
A subtle bronze balayage combined with natural roots is the perfect low-maintenance look (that's still high-impact, of course).
Like we said, the great thing about bronze is that it's an easy, transitional shade—you don't have to go too dark or too light with it. Ease into it with super-subtle highlights that still warm up your entire look.
If you're a braid-lover, consider micro-twists in a lighter hue (like this honey-bronze). Get all our braid tips right here.
Feeling subtle? Warm up raven-hued curls with just a sprinkle of bronze highlights throughout. (Also, if you're getting volume envy from this pic, find our best volume-boosting tips for curly hair here.)
Look like you just spent a week in St. Tropez with a tawny sun-kissed color and silky beach waves.
Spice up your tendrils with a stunning honey-bronze hue. We love the dimension here with darker pieces beneath.
Go from dark to light with a bronze ombré you won't have to worry about root touchups for.
This stylist suggests this is the perfect style for brunettes who want to lighten up their color but aren't sure which tone to go with. And we have to agree.
Gorgeous curls can be made even more gorgeous (if that's even possible) by warming 'em up with honey, bronze-hued highlights combined with tawny-brown lowlights.
You don't have to go bronze all over—we love the look of lightened-up tips. The caramel-bronze hue here will warm up the rest of her hair (without having to use so much hair dye).
Go a little red with a bronze balayage and coppery tint. The touchable waves here are the cherry on top.
A Little Warmth
If you're naturally raven-haired, add just a touch of warmth with bronze highlights and coppery pieces framing your face.
Using hair-painting and both highlight and lowlight-techniques, this bronze 'do is taken to another dimension (no pun intended). The shades of brown, blonde, and bronze strewn together feel super cohesive—and that braid is goals.
Embrace a naturally fine texture with a gorgeous blunt bob combined with a bronze balayage (that'll add major depth to your hair).
They're not easy to execute properly, but when they are, we love a short blunt-bang moment. Combine 'em with a dark-to-light bronze balayage for maximum impact.
Go for the gold (even if you're going for bronze) with a touch of honey highlights for extra dimension.
Rich & Vibrant
A pigmented, ultra-saturated tone is perfect for the beauty risk-takers out there. This coppery bronze tone complements the client's healthy, shiny curls perfectly.
Warm & Layered
A layered, voluminous style gets even more dimension and depth with piecey highlights. This bronze hue (combined with natural roots) is *chef's kiss.*
Light On Top
Go for a reverse-ombré situation with lighter, bronzier pieces on top while keeping your ends au naturale.
Give a layered, piecey bob a fresh update with a warm bronze balayage. (Get our tips for hair this touchable here.)
It's almost blonde—but not quite. We love the look of a silky bronze ombré with roots kept natural.
We're always a sucker for shag cuts, and this one is made even more perfect thanks to some subtle bronze highlights throughout.
Spice up your knotless braids with a wearable bronze hue (complemented by natural roots and an enviable ponytail).
Got a layered curly cut you'd love to lighten up? A bronze balayage might be exactly what you're looking for.
Combine a rich, chocolate-brown hair color with caramel-bronze highlights for a sweet treat of a style (that totally complements the wavy, layered cut here).
We'll always love a super-simple highlight—and the coppery-bronze shade here is the ultimate edition to her bouncy curls.
Soft & Tawny
Bronze hair can be anything from reddish to rich, but we love the soft, tawny-bronze hue here (and the voluminously layered bob that comes with it).
If you're feeling bold, go for an allover bronze hue. This one's a super-subtle balayage with a stunning silky finish—and those blunt bangs are everything. (Find our best tips for smooth, silky hair here.)
As far as we're concerned, you're doing a disservice to gorgeous curly hair if you don't highlight it correctly—and we love the way the color concentrates on these bronze tendrils to reveal a saturated blonde hue on the ends. Perfection.